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Washington Post's Ben Bradlee in Hospice Care, Says Wife Sally Quinn

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    Washington Post's Ben Bradlee in Hospice Care, Says Wife Sally Quinn
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    President Barack Obama greets Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, before awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room at the White House, Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee is in hospice care after his health has declined over the past two months, said his wife, Sally Quinn.

    Quinn said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that Bradlee, 93, has suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years and that his health has recently deteriorated.

    She said her husband sleeps 20 hours a day and doesn't eat much, reported the Washington Post. Bradlee began hospice care at the couple's home in Washington in mid-September.

    Bradlee was the editor of The Post from 1968 to 1991, during the newspaper's coverage of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal, which helped lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Bradlee is currently vice president at large of The Post.